Battle Day 1998

In 1998, B.A.T. relocated Battle Day to Silicon Valley with a new, larger location in San Jose. We continued to add elements to our diorama such as Rex Ross’s many static Allied vehicles and a complete field hospital. Rich introduced a new way to make lightweight structures as evident in a new two-story Italian farm house. He also fed an air line to a Panther turret pillbox and fired cornstarch at passing tanks. In the "command bunker" were the special effects operators and a B/W TV monitor wired to Kevin Gray’s “lipstick” camera mounted in the rotating Panther turret.

A major innovator of 1/16th scale armor conversion kits, “Mr. Max Trax” McCauley, was our special guest. He brought a wide array of impressive resin 1/16 Sherman variants and his scratch-built 1/6th Abrams from Michigan.

Bevan Johnston’s electric 1/8th M3A1 Stuart joined Jerry’s several 1/10th gas-powered vehicles and Rich’s electric Jadgpanther.

We began a new tradition of assembling at a small banquet hall where individuals were recognized with small awards. We also continued to meet the next day for breakfast before caravaning to the Littlefield collection.

Battle Day 1998